Tid: Onsdag 16 april 2014 kl. 15:00–17:00
Plats: C389, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium äger rum direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.


Prosody (intonation, loudness, speech rate, phonation quality, etc.) has often been identified alongside syntax as a cue to turn hold or turn transition in conversational interaction. However, evidence for which prosodic cues are most relevant, and how strong those cues are, has been somewhat scattered. I will present results from several experiments giving evidence that variation in final lengthening is a good cue to turn transition in Swedish. In a perception task, listeners preferred tokens with longer final duration when they were asked about turn hold, and shorter final duration when they were asked about turn change. However, variations in pitch contour size and shape were less influential when it came to this decision. A further study, following up the lengthening variations in a corpus of spontaneous spoken Swedish, confirmed the presence of duration variation in pre-silence locations as being correlated with turn transition: shorter final syllables were again associated with turn change, and longer ones with turn hold. The presence of exception cases, in which a relatively long final syllable was followed by little to no silence and turn transition, suggests that this length variation is an optional tool that conversational participants have access to, rather than a deterministic feature of conversational turns.

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